Windows Vista – How to block websites using parental control

Window Vista has an option for blocking access to web sites using Parental Controls. This can be accessed by clicking the Control Panel link followed by Parental Control option. From this option you can select the user account for which the access restriction needs to be applied. 

Select the On option for the Parental Controls section. This would enable the Web Restrictions and on navigating through Web Restriction link, the following screen will be displayed.

selecting Block some websites or content would enable the Edit the Allow and Block list.

Using the above screen you can either block or allow access to specific sites.

A very useful features that can put to use effectively by all parent ;-).

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  • Michael September 29, 2007, 3:06 pm

    How do I block myspace and aol from my computer without using parental controls so that even administrators can’t access them either? Also how do I block specific sites without disrupting access to other sites using parental controls? Every time I try to do it through parental controls it also blocks sites that wasn’t intended to.

  • Satish January 7, 2008, 11:01 am

    Hi there,
    can’t find parental control in windows vista busines, controll panel. any guess
    thanks in advance.

  • Dell REP June 12, 2008, 10:37 pm

    Windows Vista Business does NOT have parental control

  • yobo July 20, 2008, 6:06 pm

    this wasnt really useful cos when i tried to block some websites it told me
    “parental controls cant be applied to your own acount…”
    which is stupid, as i dont want to create other acounts just to block websites.

    anyway, if someone knows how to get around it, let me know pls


  • Aalaa November 30, 2009, 2:33 am

    I need to block sites on an administrators profile. Is is even possible?

  • rajeev May 31, 2010, 7:45 pm

    go to>>>c:>windows>system32>drivers>etc>hosts>open with notepad>write down ur local host id (that is by default) after giving at least one space write down url of site which u want 2 block…………………..
    save this file but it give an error massage .so save it at desktop and delete the the hosts named file in etc .now copy file that u save at desktop and past it at etc folder…………
    when enter the url in web browser it will get the ip address of local host( will unable to open the site……….
    i think that might works………….
    if not give another tips to me………………
    because some one have given me this advice but it not works…….

  • sean charters July 26, 2010, 5:32 am

    thanx now my sister cant get on facebook lol

  • jake February 4, 2011, 11:14 am

    hey how did you solve this problem in windows 7?
    @ sean charters what solution did you do?

  • Shania Denn February 4, 2011, 10:43 pm

    well, I don’t use parental control to block facebook on my son’s PC. I use this facebook blocker called FB blocker. if you want to check them out, just check their website. 🙂

  • ali ahmad March 16, 2011, 4:13 pm

    how can i block all porn sites together

  • ali ahmad March 16, 2011, 4:14 pm

    plz tell me how can i block all porn sites together?

  • lily August 16, 2011, 3:29 am

    can someone please tell me how i can block all dating websites all together at once without going through parental control!???

  • lily August 16, 2011, 3:30 am

    all i did to block all porn sites is change my proxity numbers..theres a website for it..if u want the numbers let me works..great!

  • Sush August 26, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Hey Lily can u tell me how did u blocked aal porn site ????? please elaborate it more clearly..
    thanks in advace.. 🙂

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